In the program, the OLLU soccer players are paired up and are assigned to be either a head or assistant coach to a group of kids.
"We teach the kids the basics for soccer," says Gary Hamilton, a junior and captain of the soccer team at the Lake, "We are trying to show these kids the basics of the sport, while, at the same time, making it as much fun as possible."
Community service projects such as the TOPSoccer Festival and the YWCA collaboration are encouraged by the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) as part of its Champions of Character program. The program aims to instill five core values in NAIA athletes and coaches: respect, responsibility, integrity, servant leadership and sportsmanship. Every year since entering intercollegiate athletics in 2007, OLLU has been selected as a Champions of Character Institution. In 2009-2010, OLLU was selected as a Five-Star Champions of Character School based on its demonstrated commitment to Champions of Character in the following categories: character training, conduct in competition, academic focus, character recognition and character promotion.